German Chancellor Scholz calls for negotiated solution to Ukraine crisis – Xinhua

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during the 58th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 19, 2022. Scholz said on Saturday diplomatic channels are always the way to solve the Ukraine problem, but put warning against “naivety”. (Xinhua/Lu Yang)

MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday diplomatic channels were still the way to solve the Ukrainian problem, but warned against “naivety”.

He made the remarks in his first speech at the 58th Munich Security Conference (MSC), which runs until Monday.

The conflict in Ukraine shows no sign of abating and “there is a danger of another war in Europe”, he said.

Ukraine’s membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which has been a major concern for Russia, is not on the agenda either now or in the near future. , he noted.

Regarding Germany’s decision not to supply arms to Ukraine, Scholz said his country had strict regulations on arms exports and that Berlin had instead provided financial support to Ukraine.

Scholz stressed the importance of the transatlantic partnership, noting that Germany will ensure compliance with Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, the collective defense clause.

Russia has repeatedly urged NATO to halt its eastward expansion as the US-led intergovernmental military alliance grew further even after the Cold War.

At a press conference with Scholz in Moscow on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that postponing Ukraine’s possible NATO membership would solve nothing for Russia and that Moscow wanted its concerns regarding safety are taken seriously.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (on screens and left on the podium) speaks during the 58th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 19, 2022. Scholz said on Saturday that diplomatic channels are still the way to solve the Ukrainian problem but warned against “being naive”. (Xinhua/Lu Yang)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) greets Munich Security Conference President Wolfgang Ischinger before delivering a speech during the 58th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 19, 2022. Scholz said on Saturday that diplomatic channels are always the way to solve the Ukrainian problem, but warned against “naivety”. (Xinhua/Lu Yang)

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